About the Trails
As the longest accessible trails in a mountainside environment in the United States, the Gregg and Dutton Brook trails combine unique hardpack pathways, boardwalks, moderate grades, switchbacks, and rest stops to create a natural, yet accessible, hiking experience for people of all abilities. Hikers have two very distinct trails to choose from, built to the exacting accessibility standards that will soon be released by the U.S. Forest Service. Their opening in June of 2011 completes the first phase of an Outdoor Recreation Master Plan developed by Crotched Mountain in 2006. The planning and building of these remarkable trails was led by premier trail builder Peter Jensen of Peter Jensen and Associates, one of the country's leading designers and builders of accessible trails. With thirty years of experience, Peter is considered the most skilled and knowledgeable builder of universal access trails in the country. Funds for this $500,000 project were raised through private donations and grants.
Named after Crotched Mountain’s founder, Harry Gregg, this trail climbs to a knoll with panoramic views. A series of switchbacks with grades of no more than eight percent take hikers from the trailhead parking lot to the top of The Knoll, a distance of eight-tenths of a mile, one way. The trail skirts extensive wild blueberry fields and crosses open grasslands, offering great vistas of Crotched Mountain and wildlife viewing. Once at The Knoll, hikers are rewarded with an observation deck and panoramic views to the west, south and east of Grand Monadnock, many distant hills and the Contoocook River Valley.
Dutton Brook Trail
This woodland trail, featuring diverse forest and animal habitats, descends to a loop that winds around an abandoned beaver-built wetland. Boardwalks and observation decks offer hikers opportunities to observe and learn about our native flora and fauna. Interpretive signs familiarize visitors with the rich and complex natural beauty that abounds. Deer, moose, porcupine and many other upland species frequent this area that forms the headwaters for Dutton Brook. The wetlands are a sanctuary for many bird species. Round trip, the hike is about two miles.
What to Know Before You Go
Our trails are wilderness trails, making it important for hikers and their companions to be prepared. Learn about what to expect, how to prepare and what to bring on your hike. Learn more
Download a trail map to become familiar with the trail and terrain before your visit. Download PDF
Both trails open 30 minutes after sunrise and close 30 minutes before sunset, depending on current trail conditions.
Trail Openings and Closures
These trails can be damaged if weather conditions such as excessive rain make them too soft. It may be necessary for Crotched Mountain to close the trails in these circumstances. Before your hike, check this section of our web site (see upper right box) or contact us at 603.547.3311 for trail openings and closures.